Rare win for Steelers, Eninho on target
Asian Champions League title holders Pohang Steelers were celebrating today after claiming their first K-League win since March with a 2-0 defeat of Seongnam Ilhwa Chumna.
With only two victories in 15 games so, Pohang had slipped to 13th in the table, just two points off the bottom, but a third goal in three games from Seol Ki-Hyeon sent them on their way against their title-chasing opponents.
The former Fulham and Reading forward converted a Mota cross just six minutes in before Brazilian striker Almir fired home from outside the area.
"This is the start of our season," said caretaker coach Park Chang-Hyun. "Last season we won eight consecutive games at the end and took second. It is not too late to do something similar."
Seongnam coach Shin Tae-yong lamented his team's lack of a cutting edge. "Pohang took their chances and we didn't. It was a hot night and our concentration suffered but we fought well," he said.
Jeonbuk Motors moved level on points with leaders Jeju United after defeating FC Seoul 1-0 to leapfrog the visitors into second place.
Brazilian play-maker Eninho got the only goal of the game early in the second half, running onto a smart pass from Luiz Henrique to nudge the ball past Kim Yong-Dae. Seoul finished the match with nine men as Server Djeparov and Kim Tae-yoon both saw red late on.
Elsewhere, Gyeongnam FC won 2-1 at Busan I'Park.